FROM IAN LEWINGTON: Together with authors Steve Howell and Will Russell, I have just finished the 260 plates of illustrations for Rare Birds of North America, the first comprehensive guide to the vagrant birds that occur in The US and Canada. It covers 262 species originating from three very different regions - the Old World, the New World tropics, and the world's oceans. The detailed species accounts describe key identification features, taxonomy, age, sex, distribution and status. It explains the causes of avian vagrancy and breaks down patterns of occurrence by area of origin and season. It is due to be published later this year by Princeton University Press.